Okay, I’ve been quilting the quilt and taking my time.  I decided to outline each letter with the quilting and do straight lines on the rest of the quilt.
Quilting around each letter took me at least 5 or 7 minutes per letter. 
In case anyone is interested, I taped the backing to my floor, put the batting on top, placed the top piece on top and then safety pinned all that together.  What I wish I had done as well is use spray adhesive to ‘glue’ all the layers together.  But I’d already safety pinned the whole blanket and started quilting around the letters before I came across that idea.  Next time.
Now onto the binding and we’ll be done!